Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown has to offer.
All venues are open from 5-8pm unless otherwise stated.
1213 W. RAILROAD AVE.
Featuring whimsical and colorful paintings by Debbie McCulley “Feathers, Frogs, and Faces, OH My!”. Also featuring amazing leather work masks by Annie Libertini. Artists' reception at 5:00 pm with Beacon Hill's Bistro Buffet from 6-8pm. Musice by "Lonesome" Lyle Morse 6:30-10pm.
KOLVA SULLIVAN GALLERY
115 S. ADAMS STREET, SUITE A
Featuirng artist Ildikó Kalapács’ titled show: “Transitions”. Mixed media including paintings and ceramics. Artist’s reception.
TRACKSIDE STUDIO CERAMIC ART GALLERY
115 S. ADAMS ST.
Surface Tension; textural ceramic work by Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore.
ADINKRA MARKET & DESIGN
920 W 1ST AVE.
We are partnering with Gonzaga University students to present an array of Fair Trade African Arts and Crafts. Together we hope to inspire a love of African Crafts. We will be playing African music, serving samples of African dishes and products made with Zambia Gold Honey.
827 W. 1st AVE (directly behind Neato Burrito)
Please join us at the Baby Bar. We are featuring Jason Bagge.
THE DAVENPORT HOTEL/PEACOCK LOUNGE
10 S. POST ST.
Featuring the very creative artist Jeffrey Loyd. Jeffrey specializes in abstract acrylic works, with an emphasis on color, shape, and line. Music by The Bucket List starting at 8pm.
GINA’S DESIGN CENTER
811 W, 2ND AVE.
Come enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres and the paintings of our featured artist Shani Marchant. Shani’s paintings are an eclectic assortment of her passions and love for color. Music by Suhanna Hamilton .
GRANDE RONDE CELLARS
906 W. 2nd (across from the Steam Plant)
Featuring Spokane artist Jeannine Fruci. Music by California recording artist Joanne Rand who will be releasing her 13th CD “Stories from the Inside Out: The Nashville Sessions”. 7-9pm.
HOTEL RUBY & SAPPHIRE LOUNGE
901 W. FIRST AVE.
Come in and join us at the Sapphire Lounge. Get an amazing, handcrafted cocktail, fresh squeezed juices, and delicious flat breads. Relax and be surrounded by glass art and great music.
159 S. LINCOLN
“Whimsy in May” – Multiple artists working with a variety of materials show pieces that are light-hearted and whimsical. Featuring Dave Henke, Melissa Carpenter and Karie Cooper. Plus, sample Steam Plant’s handcrafted brews.
ARBOR CREST TASTING ROOM
808 W. MAIN AVE. (River Park Square, Third Level)
Award-winning expressionist in both watercolor and oil, Linda Christine created Another Dimension paintings. These abstract, figurative paintings are textured and sculpted to create an idea and stimulate the imagination.
AVENUE WEST GALLERY
707 W. MAIN (Crescent Court Skywalk Level)
We are featuring Marsha Marcuson’s titled show “Every Bloomin’ Thing”. Impressionist style oil paintings of flowers and people in natural scenes. Music and refreshments.5-8:30pm.
BISTANGO MARTINI LOUNGE
108 N. POST ST.
Amazing music by Tommy, Happy Hour 4-6, Half-price Eats menu and as always Spokane's Best Martinis!
RIVER PARK SQUARE (2nd level, Macy’s corridor)
4 chocolate tastings of 65 % to help your memory. Floral Creations for Proms and Mother’s Day!
BOZZI COLLECTION GALLERY
211 N WALL ST. (skywalk level)
Feature new works by Daniel Boatsman. Boatsman's paintings uniquely combine typography, storytelling and bold colors. Music by classical guitarist Carlton Oakes.
BRICK WALL GALLERY
BENNETT BLOCK, MAIN & HOWARD (2nd Floor skywalk level)
Featuring photographers Brent Flint and Ken Jubala for First Friday. Open until 8:30pm.
516 W. RIVERSIDE AVE.
“Spring Wings and Wild Things”, the work of Shelle Lindholm captures the spirit and spunk of animals she sees outside her rural studio.
KRESS GALLERY/RIVER PARK SQUARE
808 W. MAIN AVE.
First Night Spokane Rising Stars – “New Visions”, Spokane Falls Community College photography program in collaboration with the campus Photo Arts Club is presenting a wide variety of photos with differing emphasis from documentary to fine art.
3rd Floor Food Court – 5:30-7:30pm – SCC Players presents A Night of Improv! Comedy, Tragedy and a whole lot of creativity is presented in these quick and quirky performances by these talented theatre arts students.
214 N. WALL STREET
Celebration of fragrance with a casino theme. Come join the fun. Tickets are $10 and redeemable for cosmetics and fragrance.
MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER
811 W. MAIN AVE.
Artist Eric Miller, Exhibit Director at Mobius Science Center, will be showing his latest collection entitled, NEW BEGINNINGS, drawings and paintings inspired by Alaskan landscapes, 6-8pm.
NECTAR TASTING ROOM
120 N. STEVENS ST. (Main & Stevens)
Enjoy a Qdoba Mexican Grill taco bar, music from Karrie O’Neill, and new photography exhibit from Jeff Schindler. Nectar winery Terra Blanca will be on hand with new wines and amazing deals up to 60% off. Open until 10pm. Call to reserve a table 509.869.1572
SPOKANE TRIBE HISTORICAL EXHIBIT & INFORMATION CENTER
211 N WALL ST. (skywalk level across from Bozzi Collection Gallery)
Please join us this First Friday for our GRAND OPENING of our extensive Historical Exhibit and Information Center. Learn more about the Spokane Tribe's privately funded STEP development that will provide 5,000 local jobs. Entertainment and refreshments.
STEELHEAD BAR & GRILLE
218 N. HOWARD
World-renowned fly tier John Newbury’s intricately crafted flies are displayed as captured by local photographer Tony Roslund.
STUDIO CAPELLI SALON
707 W. MAIN (skywalk level)
Featuring works of Manic Moon & More artists: Graphic art and cards by Linda Malcom, Fiber Art-To-Wear by Michele Mokrey, Mixed Media by Melinda Melvin, Vintage Collage by Shanda Woodward, Jewelry by Denise Steen and Joan Eaton.
8 N POST ST, SUITE 8
Come to Whitestone to enjoy local artist Debbie Hanks and the easy tunes of Steve Harris. Live music, wine and local art from 6-9pm!
402 W. MAIN ST.
3 Minute Mic - Open Mic Poetry 7-9pm (sign up starts at 6:30) Isaac Grambo will be hosting and John Whalen will be the guest poet for “Remember the Word”. Come early for a seat and enjoy hearing some great poetry and/or read some of your own. All are welcome!
EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS
331 W. MAIN
Friends of Mmofra presents: Photography from Africa & Asia by Willis Bell and Mary Luft Gladhart. Black & white and color photographs from Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Bangladesh.
LEFTBANK WINE BAR
108 N. WASHINTON, SUITE 105
Please join us on First Friday. Pour Moore Wines available for tastings by winemaker Chad. Featuring Hannah See Photography’s canvas pictures of wine. Music by Nick Grow, playing covers from Sinatra to Beiber as well as some originals.
POTTERY PLACE PLUS GALLERY
203 N. WASHINGTON ST. (main floor of Auntie’s)
Timeless Translucence – Dan McGrew's fine furniture featuring solid woods and true joinery paired with the watercolors of Rebecca Smith featuring subjects from her travels, family and life here in Spokane.
SANTÉ RESTAURANT & CHARCUTERIE
404 W. MAIN AVE.
Large expressionist paintings by artist Christina Deubel and live music by TR Ritchie.
1021 W. FIRST AVE.
Diane Weber’s class at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School, together with quilter Mickey McReynolds, have built upon last year’s collaborative success to create an installation piece of birds with musical instruments. Art available for purchase. All sales go to Diane Weber's art program at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School.
LUXE COFFEE HOUSE
1017 W. FIRST AVE.
“Van-Gogh and Merlot”, an inter-active art event. Enjoy a glass of merlot while you paint!
SPOKANE LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM
1201 W. FIRST AVE.
We are opening our doors for First Friday to honor Law Enforcement Officer’s Week May 12-16 in appreciation to those in law enforcement who keep our communities safe. Come and see an amazing collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Refreshments. Donations.
1019 W. FIRST AVE.
Please join us for First Friday. We have fabulous jewlery from local artists, unique accessories and a variety of styles for all ages.
1 S. WASHINGTON
YOU BE THE ARTIST! Magical Mystery May. Bring a wine glass and paint it, or buy a tile and paint it here. Free to paint if you have your own.
CHATEAU RIVE AT THE FLOUR MILL
621 W. MALLON
Featuring the Art of Daisy Joy & The Boys. Art of Daisy Joy: Daisy Mace-Mask Maker, Joy Tagliavia-Mizzoni-Acrylic. The Boys: Rick Davis-Sculptor, Roch Fauch-Fine Art & Sculptor
Jeffry Loyd-Fine Artist. Music by The Angela Marie Project.
621 W. MALLON (in the Flour Mill)
Featured artist Irene Dahl's work employs a variety of mediums on copper panels. Her paintings are abstract, with elements of nature and in pursuit of happiness. Music by guitarist and songwriter Jonathan Nicholson. Enjoy samples of cheese, chocolate, and gelato with your servings of music and art. 5:30-8pm
HO HO TERIYAKI CHICKEN
621 W MALLON AVE., FLOUR MILL
Featuring the beautiful paintings of owner Ho Lan. Also, try our fabulous menu! 4-7pm.
RED LION HOTEL AT THE PARK
303 W. North River Drive
Acoustic R&B music by Chris Rieser and Jay Rawley from 5:30pm to 8pm. Happy Hour food and beverage specials!
“Rocky Mountain Express” and “Air Racers” are currently showing at the IMAX Theatre.
608 W. 2ND AVE.
Join Barili Cellars on First Friday from 4-9pm and enjoy current wine releases and fun art.
Featuring Hara Allison’s “Like Mother, Like Daughter” show. Original paintings by Hara, side by side with pieces by her late mother Sonya. It’s a Mother’s Day treat.
CUP OF COOL WATER
1106 W. 2ND AVE.
Poetry/Open Mic Night! 5-7pm. Featuring Laurie Lamon & Lady Mariposa. Open mic poets welcome! We are a Christian ministry and family friendly. Poetry & dessert.
176 S. HOWARD ST., SUITE A
Featuring Darcy Lee Sexton’s landscapes which reflect her special interest in people, color, movement and the capacity of art to yield an emotional response. Also, Allison Kallaway’s mixed metal jewelry and Union Studio Metals, abstract jewelry designs.
174 S. HOWARD
Please join us for the May First Friday. We are featuring photographer, Kathy Piper in the Gellhorn Gallery, 5-7:30pm.
ROBERT KARL CELLARS
115 W. PACIFIC AVE., Historic Warehouse District (aka SODO)
Featuring acrylic paintings by artist Klara Bowman.
VINTAGE HILL CELLARS
319 W. 2ND AVE.
Please join us for an enjoyable evening of art and wine! Unique and creative pieces of art by local artist Michelle Inman.
NEW VENUE! ARTIST TOUCH STUDIO WAREHOUSE SHOWROOM
811 E. SPRAGUE AVE (Across from Clay Connection)
Featuring art by Bob Otto along with last month’s artists Edward Gilmore's "Works of Art on Paper" and Susan Burns' encaustic panels.
714 E. SPRAGUE AVE.
We will be having a Raku firing and pit firing, lots of food and beverages. FREE kids workshop (limited space, be there by 5pm!).
CONTRACT RESOURCE GROUP
811 E Sprague Ave., Suite D (Next to Artist Touch Studio)
Please join us for this unique exposition. Presenting art by local architects and
designers. Serving a variety of local foods and flavors. 5-7:30 p.m. Free Parking.
204 N. DIVISION, SUITE E
Featuring multi-media artist Hannah Koeske. Hannah explores the ways in which images "collect" or accumulate pieces of the subjects they depict.
120 E. SPRAGUE
Please join us for First Friday in the University District. Featuring paintings and sculptures by Heather Swanstrom and music by RICE QUEEN starting at 9pm.
MAIN MARKET CO-OP
44 W. MAIN AVE.
Solo guitarist James Funke-Loubigniac will perform on the Renaissance guitar and the Hurdy Gurdy, which is an amazing instrument from France, 5:30-7pm, Tasting by China Bend Winery.
232 W. SPRAGUE
Acrylic paintings featuring Dia De Los Mueros themed skulls and skeletons by Erica Roscoe. Day of the Dead is a celebration of the life of those who have passed on, Erica's paintings portray the would be life of each of her characters.
SARANAC ART PROJECTS
25 W. MAIN AVE.
We are featuring three artists this month: Lance Sinnema, Scott Kolbo and Alley Princess. Artists’ reception.
SARANAC PUBLIC HOUSE
21 W. MAIN AVE.
Screened for Your Pleasure - Local design team Dumbgun (Derek Landers & Trevor Sullivan) has created concert posters for My Morning Jacket, Wilco, and Pearl Jam. Limited edition screen-printed posters, available for sale along with Dumbgun original t-shirts!
URBANNA NATURAL SPA.SALON
168 S. DIVISION ST.
For over 40 years Jan Kruger has had a fascination for the written word. Please join us this First Friday and see how she has incorporated this into beautiful works of art.
CREATIVE INCUBATOR FOR TANGIBLE ARTS
1819 W. PACIFIC AVE. (one block east of the Elk)
GRAND OPENING: Featuring Robert Savilla Naudon, Bart Templeman, and other select local mixed media artists. 4-7pm
IRIMI ARTS AT THE ODELL HOUSE
2325 W. FIRST AVE.
Please join us for First Friday. We have live music by Laddie Ray Melvin, folk and blues guitar. A group of miniatures by Rick Graff on display.
THE MAC – NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE
2316 W 1ST AVENUE
5 galleries full of exhibits on Plateau Tribal Cultures, extreme NW explorer – David Douglas, Spokane modern architecture and art from the MAC collections. Free admission.
* Located in the Davenport District – DavenportDistrict.org
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First Fridays are brought to you in partnership between the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District (BID), and the Spokane Arts Commission www.spokanearts.org.
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